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Monday, 30 July 2007 13:00

MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC runs at 770 MHz too

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: Overclocked Geforce 8600GTS

 
Today we give you one more GeForce 8600GTS card. After learning that ATI HD 2600 generation is strong enough to battle GeForce 8600GT, the popularity of GeForce 8600GTS cards has risen significantly. However, the truth is that ATI has an older generation of cards, Radeon X1950 Pro that still has enough muscle to defeat GeForce 8600GTS in most of the tests.

DirectX 10 support will play a decisive role in this comparison, so many will turn to Geforce 8600GTS cards in the future. We’ve seen that the cores of these cards have no trouble in running at speeds greater than default 675MHz, so many Nvidia partners opted for selling over-clocked cards. MSI is not an exception, either. 

 

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MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC with the suffix OC clearly shows this is an over-clocked card. Our test card runs at 720MHz core and 2200MHz memory speed.

You may be left a little bit baffled if you’ve already seen or bought an OC version of MSI card, and your card runs at somewhat different speeds from the ones we’re testing today. The reason is that we received one of the first samples, from the time when MSI still made decisions about the speed of MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC card. BIOS is to blame for the core and memory frequencies. All the cards should run at these speeds with no trouble whatsoever.

We decided not to alter the speeds for the test so we’ve left it at 720MHz core and 2200MHz memory speed. We did some testing with 700MHz core and 2100MHz memory, as we’ve found these speeds in the specs.

 

 

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We've noticed that MSI offers two versions of OC cards, and they differ from one another in cooling. While our test model uses the default nVidia cooler (left picture), MSI constructed a slightly larger and efficient dual-slot cooler that you can see on the right picture. The advantage of MSI cooling is a little more freedom in overclocking, although the nVidia cooler also does a decent job. The cooler is quiet, and at room temperature of 27.6°C it cooled the card to decent 52°C while idle, and 75°C while playing the test games. MSI version of the cooler should lower the temperature by a couple degrees Celsius.

The card has 256MB of 128bit GDDR3, whereas the shader speed is default 1450MHz. Memory speed is 2200MHz and it is pretty close to the maximum speed we’ve managed to squeeze out. The card is HDTV and HDCP ready and it has Dual-Link DVI outputs that MSI calls Yellow DVI. A nice gift is a full version of the game “Company of Heroes” which you can try in DirectX 10 if you own Vista.

We found NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC  online for €174 + shipping and it is a good reason to stay and see what exactly this card can do.

 

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In the box, next to all the cables and manuals you need, we found a full version of the game Company of Heroes.

 

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Testing Rig:

 

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Motherboard: Nforce 680i EVGA Black Pearl board (Supplied by EVGA)
 
Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo 6800 Extreme edition (Supplied by Intel)

Memory: OCZ FlexXLC PC2 9200 5-5-5-18  (Supplied by OCZ)
             with CL5-5-5-15-CR2T 1066MHz at 2.2V

Graphics card:

MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC 8600GTS ( Supplied by MSI

Nvidia Geforce 8600GTS reference ( Supplied by Nvidia

PSU :
OCZ GameXStream 700W ( Supplied by OCZ)

Hard disk:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA (Supplied by Seagate)

 


 

Testing 

 
Normal speed of Geforce 8600GTS cards is 675MHz, but MSI offers an even faster version that we’re testing today. We had no problems with stability of the card, and we had no trouble in pushing it up to 770MHz. The default cooler adequately got the job done.

We noticed that the most of MSI OC cards is sold with an in-house designed cooler that will help with better cooling. The memory runs at 2100MHz, our test model runs at 1200MHz, and we managed to push the memory speed a little bit upwards. The reference speed is 2000MHz.

 

3DMarks


Composite Figures 3Dmark 03

3DMark 03

Game2

Game3

Game4

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 720/2200MHz

20541

155.0

122.2

135.8

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 700/2100MHz

19846

149.1

117.7

131.1

Geforce 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

19055

142.2

113.3

126.5

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 770/2220MHz

21402

161.3

127.5

142.9

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 03

Single Texturinng

Multi Textur.

Vertex Shader

Pixel Shader 2.0

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 720/2200MHz

2870.2

8954.6

67.2

272.1

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 700/2100MHz

2758.2

8593.2

65.1

260.1

Geforce 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

2636.1

8252.7

62.9

246.9

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 770/2220MHz

3009.5

9570.2

71.1

278.4

 

 

 

 

 


We see the expected increase in performance when the memory and core speeds are increased. Default Geforce 8600GTS scored 19055 marks which is 791 marks short of MSI running at 700MHz. Over-clocked card running at 770/2200MHz is faster that the reference one by 12 percent, and it scored 21402 marks.

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 05

3DMark 05

Game1

Game2

Game3

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 720/2200MHz

12439

53.7

38.5

59.6

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 700/2100MHz

11959

51.6

37.0

57.3

Geforce 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

11476

49.5

35.7

54.8

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 770/2220MHz

12965

55.7

40.1

62.4

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 05

Single Texturinng

Multi Textur.

Pixel Shader

VS/VS
complex

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 720/2200MHz

2936.1

9531.0

189.5

130.9/133.5

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 700/2100MHz

2829.6

8965.2

182.3

124.4/127.9

Geforce 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

2722.3

8626.7

174.5

117.3/120.9

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 770/2220MHz

3143.8

9993.9

201.0

131.6/137.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 06

3DMark 06

 

 

 

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 720/2200MHz

5975

 

 

 

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 700/2100MHz

5758

 

 

 

Geforce 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

5536

 

 

 

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 770/2220MHz

6236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM2.0 Test

Score

GT1

GT2

 

MSI NX8600GTS HD OC 720/2200MHz

2508

19.590

22.209

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